Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist
I was served a Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist at a book club luncheon in January. Simple and refreshing, they were perfect with our French-themed meal.
You may not know what Lillet (pronounced Lee-LAY) is, and truth be told, I’d never heard of it until that day. When I asked for it at our liquor store, the guy behind the counter looked puzzled as he knew it as Lill-LET. I wasn’t certain I was pronouncing it correctly, but I guess I was! No matter how you say it, just make sure to try this lovely Lillet cocktail!
Why You Must Make
According to Food & Wine, Lillet is “an aperitif wine made from Bourdeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character. “
- This light and refreshing Lillet French aperitif is made from Lillet Blanc (vs. Lillet Rose) and soda with a simple orange twist.
- It’s perfect for summer garden parties, Mother’s Day brunch, and other warm-weather gatherings.
- With a lighter alcohol content, this sparkling drink is also ideal for sipping by the pool, a girls’ night out, luncheons, showers, and more.
- Made with 2/3 Lillet Blanc and 1/3 club soda, this Lillet cocktail is a breeze to prepare by the glass or pitcher.
- Lillet Blanc – Lillet Blanc is used in this cocktail, not Lillet Rouge. Call around to your liquor stores to see where it’s available.
- Club Soda – Use your preferred brand. They all vary slightly in taste.
- Orange Twist – Use a paring knife or a special peeling tool if you own one. If you use a lighter to singe the twist, it heats the citrus oil and adds a subtle smoky flavor.
How to Make
The process to make this cocktail recipe is super easy.
- Fill a “rocks” glass with ice.
- Add the Lillet Blanc and club soda.
- Stir, then add a twist of orange.
- Rocks Glasses (affiliate links)
- Silicone Ice Cube Trays
Frequently Asked Questions
Lillet is a French aperitif or a light alcoholic drink served before lunch or breakfast. It’s made of wine, brandy, fruit, and herbs. From the French village of Prodensac, there are two varieties: Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge.
Lillet Blanc is drier and made from white wine whereas Lillet Rough is made from red wine. Both can be used in this recipe, but Lillet Blanc was featured.
Often called an old-fashioned glass, a rocks glass is a short tumbler used to serve whiskey or cocktails such as an old fashioned.
Carefully hold the orange in one hand and a paring knife in the other. Cut into the rind and remove a strip of the rind and just a bit of the pith (or white part) as you move the knife around the equator of the orange.
Repeat above and below your first slice to make more twists. Roll the strip into a spiral and drop it into the drink before serving.
If you’re daring, you can carefully burn your orange peel to express the natural oils and add a smoky undertone to the cocktail.
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Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist
A refreshing French aperitif featuring Lillet Blanc with soda and an orange twist.
- 4 ounces Lillet Blanc
- 4 ounces club soda
- Orange twist
- Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add Lillet Blanc and then club soda. Stir to mix
- Serve with an orange twist.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g
23 Comments on “Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist”
I made this for girls’ night at my friend’s house! It was a huge hit!
These are so simple to make and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!
It fits perfectly a chillout weekend.
I’ve never tried Lillet French Aperitif, but it looks delicious
I’ve been pronouncing it wrong also, thanks for the correction. I love the sound of it and it is very girly. This one’s a keeper for sure.
I have a bottle of Lillet in the fridge and yes, it is a delicious aperitif. Love your photos.
This looks so refreshing and pretty and I’m happy to know how to pronounce Lillet now!
I love Lillet! One of my favorite things to sip on the patio when it’s warm out. I’m so looking forward to trying it in this elegant aperitif!
Gosh this sounds so refreshing! Thanks for introducing me to this lovely wine. Happy weekend!
Love every bit of it! xoxo
This looks delicious. As you know I rarely drink but when I do I love subtle fruity wine. This drink is perfect for me.
I love that you do meals with themes for book club. I wish I had a group of friends here to things like that with.
What a simple and charming aperitif. I can see myself sipping on this before dinner.
Love the simplicity of this recipe. 3 ingredients- love that! This cocktail sounds so refreshing and light for spring.
Sounds very refreshing:@)
This could certainly fit my needs! And I don’t care how you pronounce it.
I had this in France and it is delicious
I would be sipping this by the pool! WOW
This does look like the perfect sipping cocktail. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s French, everything French sounds so fancy and uppity! I’m definitely going to bookmark this for when we head down to Arizona again, can’t wait to serve this to our dear friends.
Sounds great to me, Liz! I will be looking for Lillet. Thanks for the recipe!
Is this for me? I actually usually have a bottle of Lillet in my fridge. It’s gotten a little pricey so now it’s just a treat. Perhaps I need a bottle for Paris the next 5 weeks. Merci for the reminder.
YES, Mary! Since I’m not in Paris like you, I just sip on these gems and yearn to cross the pond and join you! Enjoy every moment!!
Have never heard of this lillet either…beautiful presentation, Liz.